Barcelona to battle Arsenal for this promising Brazilian defender?

first_imgFC Barcelona are still no closer to signing their first new centre back of the summer, and reports in the Catalan capital claim the club could be looking as far away as Brazil for defenders. Sao Paulo’s Rodrigo Caio is being tracked by the Blaugrana, with Arsenal also said to be interested. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has more on the 20-year-old…Name: Rodrigo Caio Coquette RussoDate of birth: 17 August, 1993Birthplace: Dracena, BrazilPosition: Centre back / defensive midfielderClub: Sao PauloInternational appearances: 5 (Brazil U21)Honours: Copa Sudamericana (2012)What’s the latest?Catalan daily L’Esportiu note that Caio excelled at this summer’s Toulon tournament alongside fellow Barcelona target and Brazil U20 defender Marquinhos. The Blaugrana have sent technical secretary Albert Valentin out to Brazil to watch Caio with his club side, and so far the official has observed him in a 2-0 win over Bahia and a 1-0 loss against Chapecoense. Caio is expected to cost around €20m. Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claim Arsenal are also interested.Did you know?1) Caio has been at Sao Paulo since he was 11 years old. At youth level he played alongside the likes of Casemiro (currently at Porto on loan from Real Madrid) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura.2) The defender made his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 2011, though it wasn’t a game to remember, as Sao Paulo were hammered 5-0 by rivals Corinthians.3) In 2012 the youngster showed his versatility by regularly playing at right back. Though naturally a central defender, along with his spells on the flanks he can also play as a holding midfielder.4) The defender has a strong pedigree as a youth international, and was part of the Brazil U20 side that won the 2014 Toulon Tournament this summer, playing in every game including their 5-2 final victory over France. He scored two goals at the tournament.They say“Caio played a key role in Brazil’s Toulon tournament side. Sao Paolo’s president Carlos Miguel Aidar believes he’s worth €20m.” L’Esportiu on the defender.Video evidenceWhat do you think of Rodrigo Caio? Let us know below… Arsenal and Barcelona are being linked with Rodrigo Caio 1last_img

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